From Tom and Breege O’Neill
Tom and Breege O’Neill, guide dog owners from Balbriggan, are a unique couple who on the 6th of September celebrated their 40th Ruby wedding anniversary.In lieu of presents they decided they wanted to give back to 3 charities that mean a lot to them.Balbriggan Cancer Care - As many of you know Breege has been battling cancer since March 2016 and the support she has got from the team there has been invaluable. Meeting ‘the Monday girls’ through Balbriggan cancer care has helped the difficult journey by bringing ina lovely social side. Cancer has touched many of our lives if not directly, indirectly through family and friends. To have a local group of cancer battlers to make you feel welcome and loved when you need it most is vital and this is what Balbriggan Cancer Care have done for Breege.For more information contact Balbriggan Cancer SupportSt. Francis Hospice Raheny have been a fantastic support in the background to Tom and Breege but especially to Tom in his caring role with Breege and their compassion, understanding and overwhelming support is insurmountable. The hospice team have been available by phone and calling to the house to answer all and any questions to help with changes of medication, to assist with getting support in the community. This has meant for Tom he always has a dedicated person/team behind him guiding his way and backing him up.
For more informationcontact sfh.ie/Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind - Tom and Breege couldn’t do a fundraiser without including Guide Dogs in the mix. Tom got his first guide dog Frank in April 1985 and Breege Gypsy in 1991 and between them have worked with 10 guide dogs during this time. Tom and Breege founded the Balbriggan Branch of guide dogs in 1987 and the branch in its new form of Balbriggan/North County Dublin Branch has raised in excess of €4m for Guide dogs.For more information contact Balbriggan branch of Guide dogs on facebook.